Galilee Garden at Harbor View is growing
CHESTER — These days it’s hard to find a community working together. Not so in the Chester community of Harbor View. A year ago, Galilee Lutheran Church, 1934 Harbor Drive, invited the Master Gardeners to build a community garden on an empty lot they were not using. Master Gardeners, members of the Harbor View community, the KI United Methodist Church, Galilee Lutheran Church, and other interested gardeners from Kent Island came together to form an advisory committee and picked the theme, “A community growing together.” The Galilee Garden at Harbor View was created and has been growing since then.
Galilee Community Garden started as an empty field and today has 15 raised beds and four specialty beds, including an herb garden for the gardeners and a pollinator garden to encourage bees and butterflies. The first 10 beds were built by Ricky Strucko for his Boy Scout Eagle project. These beds were taken over by people wanting to garden and be a part of this community project. There is no cost to get a raised bed garden. Gardeners are asked to sign a contract to take care of their garden for the year and to work together as a team. They are only asked to donate $10 to help with the cost of running the garden. After the first 10 beds were filled, the advisory committee decided to add more beds and now has added five more raised beds.
Several of these beds are still available to be taken over by anyone wishing to start a late garden or by people who would like to grow vegetables for the community food bank. Several participants have never gardened before and are learning by doing. Master Gardeners from the University of Maryland Extension Services located in Centreville are available to help people get started. Anyone interested in learning more about joining the community garden or the fun of gardening can call Nancy O’Connor 443-249-0646.
Lois Miller and Ellizabeth Riffe enjoy conversation as they garden.
Four specialty beds are located on one side of the garden.